Carnival Freedom Cancels Upcoming Two Cruises Due to Exhaust Fire on Ship’s Tail

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Carnival Cruise Lines have announced the cancellation of the next two voyages on the Carnival Freedom after the ship’s exhaust funnel caught fire off the coast of the Bahamas on Saturday.

In a statement to, Carnival said that the damage was more than they initially thought, as it requires immediate repair for the stabilization of the funnel.

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Consequently, they have canceled the next two voyages, departing March 25 and March 29, out of Port Canaveral.

All guests sailing on these dates will be issued a full refund and “a 100% future cruise credit so they can come back and enjoy a future cruise with us.”

Carnival said the funnel was stabilized for the ship’s return to Port Canaveral overnight to disembark their guests.

“While we continue to investigate multiple eyewitness reports of a lightning strike, our technical team completed a thorough assessment during the ship’s visit to Freeport today,” the company added.

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On Monday, the ship will proceed to the Freeport shipyard for necessary repairs.

Approximately at 3:15 in the afternoon on Saturday, the left side of the ship’s exhaust funnel ignited in flames, resulting in a part of the tail dropping onto Deck 10.

Speculations were rife that a lightning strike from a severe storm ignited the fire, but this has yet to be verified. Two members of the crew received treatment for minor smoke inhalation, and none of the guests were harmed.

The U.S. Coast Guard was informed and has initiated their response team.

Carnival added that they appreciate all their guests currently sailing with them and for their cooperation and support.

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